It is currently Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:08 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 58 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:39 pm 

Joined: Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:30 pm
HerrSchreck wrote:
kieslowski_67 wrote:
I was mildly shocked that Bresson included a nude scene of Antoine Monnier, and I cannot remember any Bresson's other films that show flesh. His films are usually as clean as you can get. Can anyone familiar with the film elaborate on why Bresson included such a scene that's totally anti Bresson?

And isn't there nudity of the gorgeous (speaking via Ehrenstein of Bresson's good eye for nude flesh) young Dominique Sanda in A GENTLE WOMAN? It's been awhile since I pulled out my old vhs but I could swear it's in there. In fact I'm sure of it now that I think about it.

You're quite right HerrShreck. There's a particularly lovely shot of Dominique Sanda tripping though the apartment in the nude that's remarkable not only for Bresson (where it's a first) but for world cinema as a whole. I can't recall offhand another moment like it in which we're invitied to appreciate the beauty of the nude form without recourse to purience of any kind. Granted Sanda is embodying a sexual being, but Bresson has the utmost respect for the character and her choices -- including suicide. She not a passive sex object at all.


Top
 Profile  
 

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:39 am 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 8:01 pm
Location: WellyYeller
Les Anges du péché

Sneak preview.

This is a fabulous restoration of a movie I frankly thought was another Billancourt fire victim, doomed to PD BlackHole/Bootleg Hell. There are certainly "jumps" in the dissolves indicating a mix of second gen etc elements but I thiink the assemblage of the print and its transfer does total justice to Bresson. Indeed I wonder if this ever looked better? Gary's review does not do this full justice. And for all the weepin' and wailin' about "Auteur Widows" like fucking Beatrice and Mme Astaire, Mylene at least seems cool.

Like a few people here I love this movie, perhaps Bresson's most allegorical, so I'm not saying any more at this time. Stil to watch the Anne Wiazemsky Documentary.

Oh god... I really didn't want to post anything on this before others (who Im sure love it also) had posted in. But.. Christ, what a movie.

The print is absolutely superb. Finally Bresson's hommage to early 40s Noir in the opening sequences and the equally Noiresque finale - which projects some sort of trajectory between sainthood, and the impossibility of human communication and pure erotic love via the three way between Mila Parely, Renee Faure and Jany Holt is so majestic. Bresson's final langurous track down the starircase with Holt presenting her hands to the Occupation handcuffs in CU is beyond sublime.

It may be in part Giraudoux' dialogue of presience, or other elements but Bresson's control of the material is majestic. Even the potentially overwhelming Grunenwald Organ score is subdued and shuffled onto the fader for the big death scenes (and the great scene with the black cat whom Renee determines to objectify as Satan.)

This is one of the master's greatest movies (among so many!) but the sumptuous mise en scene of it is unparalleled in his work. At least until the rapidly disappearing and transcendentally fluid opening five minutes of Balthazar which posits an entire universe which travels from the innocence of childhood love to original sin to death to the slow pursuit of life's travail. And ends, like Anges with a dual image of sainthood and imprisonment and ecstasy.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:39 pm 

Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:33 pm
According to DVDBeaver, the Artificial Eye release of The Devil Probably is scheduled for April 21st, 2008.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:57 am 
Dot Com Dom
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:42 pm
zone_resident wrote:
According to DVDBeaver, the Artificial Eye release of The Devil Probably is scheduled for April 21st, 2008.

Amazing news =D>


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:40 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:30 pm
Location: Brandywine River
zone_resident wrote:
According to DVDBeaver, the Artificial Eye release is scheduled for April 21st, 2008.

Enfin! Hopefully alongside the whole bunch of previously announced Bresson too.

For those in France or with superdoopah superannuated satellite systems it's showing tomorrow night / Wed. morning at 02.00 on Cine Cinema Classic (Visconti's Sandra and Rocco are also in the schedules too).


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:58 am 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:53 am
Location: Cambridge, England
zone_resident wrote:
According to DVDBeaver, the Artificial Eye release of The Devil Probably is scheduled for April 21st, 2008.

This (and A MAN ESCAPED) have been pending from AE for literally years now. Still, a firm release date is encouraging.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:24 am 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2006 5:39 pm
Location: London
reaky wrote:
zone_resident wrote:
According to DVDBeaver, the Artificial Eye release of The Devil Probably is scheduled for April 21st, 2008.

This (and A MAN ESCAPED) have been pending from AE for literally years now. Still, a firm release date is encouraging.

Indeed! Let's hope it's a port of the Intermedio which is very handsome indeed! I think I am in the minority in thinking this to be not only one of the best films of the 1970s but also one of Bresson's very best.
I have seen it four times now, three on TV and once on cinema. I only fell in love with it (in fact, I only really understood it) when I saw it on the big screen (a coincidence?). To those who do not rate it, I can only recommend you watch it again and again until you rise to the film's level. Very generally speaking, it's a mistake (and a sign of intellectual arrogance) to think you can evaluate the *very* best films at once.
Uncompromising and brilliant!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:06 pm 

Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:29 pm
Location: Los Angeles CA
zone_resident wrote:
According to DVDBeaver, the Artificial Eye release of The Devil Probably is scheduled for April 21st, 2008.

I've seen it twice. Bioth times I found myself to be completely irritated by the foley to the point where it overwhelms all other aspects of the film. Indeed, for me the film is about the foley - the aural world, empty spaces, constant walking, isolation as organized in one's own mind.
I can't say I like it, but I think it's important to see.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bresson on DVD
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:47 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 12, 2008 8:17 am
Location: 39ºN,8ºW
Sorry to bump this thread but does anyone know what's preventing Une Femme Douce from getting a DVD/BR release? IMDb gives production credits to Marianne Productions and Parc Film, with original theatrical releases handled by Paramount in France and New Yorker in the US. Does this mean that New Yorker still has the US video rights?
There is the following comment on a back-channel version:
Quote:
This is an upgrade of XXXXX's publication. The source is still the New Yorker VHS, but this rip has a better resolution and a higher bitrate. The original rip consisted of 2 CD's and a VBR audio remuxed by xxxxxxxxxxx. I've changed the audio to CBR and joined the two CD's. This is the best version available for this film, a DVD seems distant due to legal problems.
What legal problems?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bresson on DVD
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:30 pm 

Joined: Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:07 am
Has Les Affairs Publiques ever had a digital home video release? I've ended up with that and A Man Escaped being the only Bresson I haven't seen; the latter is easily remediable, of course, but all I can find for Les Affairs is a digitized VHS rip.

Also: has Les Anges du Peche ever had any other release than the French DVD that DVDBeaver reviews? That one seems to be out of print?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bresson on DVD
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:14 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:56 am
My sense is that as long as Bresson's widow Mylène is alive, Les Affaires publiques won't be more widely seen.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bresson on DVD
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:31 pm 

Joined: Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:07 am
whaleallright wrote:
My sense is that as long as Bresson's widow Mylène is alive, Les Affaires publiques won't be more widely seen.


Well, then. Bootleg it is, I guess. Makes it a shame that I didn't know what I was seeing when I apparently saw a 35mm print of it before a screening of Les Anges du Peche in 2012, since I know I saw Les Anges at that venue that year, and completely forgot it until stumbling across somebody's post of the screening notes here! Maybe my memory'll be jogged when I see it...


In the meantime, any leads on Les Anges would be appreciated!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 58 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group




This site is not affiliated with The Criterion Collection